Major Developments in Hyderabad – May 2012

The month of May for Hyderabad city has been highly significant in the field of education, with the results of almost all the major examinations being out. The educational developments, reforms and achievements have totally overshadowed many other updates in various sectors.

However, real estate sector in Hyderabad has also showed up some significant developments. The below are the major developments in Hyderabad city that took place in the month of May.

Education

  • The Hyderabad city students have fared well in the CBSE X and XII class examinations. Many of the city students have secured a CGPA of 10 in CBSE X exams. And in the CBSE XII exams, the city schools recorded a pass percentage of 87.53. The Kendriya Vidyalayas in Hyderabad have recorded a pass percentage of 99%.
  • Hyderabad city has secured 100% results in the X ICSE exams; many students from the city have secured 90% results and have passed with distinction.
  • Unlike the performance in CBSE and ICSE exams, Hyderabad stood at the bottom in the state SSC results (among the 23 districts) by securing the lowest pass percentage of 76.94%. This poor performance of the city is for the fifth year in a row.
  • The sale of applications forms for getting admissions in to two-year Intermediate course has started from May 28. SSC passed students can apply for general and vocational stream courses in any of the government, private and aided private unaided junior colleges. The first phase of admissions will be held from June 1st to June 30th.
  • The state government has decided to cut down 10 sections in Hyderabad government junior colleges from the streams of MPC, BPC, CEC and HEC, collectively.
  • The state government had decided to hold the national level entrance tests, ISEET & NEET for both MPC and BPC streams respectively, for one year. It has decided to go ahead with Eamcet in 2013.
  • The students who are appearing for the entrance exams of IITs, NITs and IIITs will have to face a new format of entrance exam – a main test, an advanced test with 40% weightage of the class XII marks.
  • Also, the students who are taking admissions in to Intermediate I year for this academic year will have a new syllabus, that includes inputs from CBSE syllabus (20% of CBSE inputs for Physics & Chemistry; 40% for Botany & Zoology; no revision for maths) so as to make them ready to take ISEET and NEET, which will be conducted form 2013-14 academic year. The same batch (2012 academic year batch) will be facing again new syllabus (modified for national level exams) in Intermediate II year too.
  • City’s Osmania University is ranked sixth among the top 10 universities in India. The survey was conducted by a reputed national magazine, India Today, partnering with Nielsen. This year the university was also awarded “University with Potential for Excellence (UPE)” status by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
  • Supreme Court has issued an order allowing the engineering colleges in the state that have come forward to implement AICTE pay scales for faculty, provide required infrastructure and adhere to quality education, to hike the engineering fees. Supreme Court has allowed an hike of fees, ranging from 7% to 43% depending on the financial statements and undertakings given by the colleges. While, about 12 professional colleges situated in and around the Hyderabad city have applied to AICTE for closure.

General

  • The Central Government has hiked the petrol prices by Rs.7.50/litre that made the existing petrol price to be Rs.81.44/litre. Later, the state government has decreased the price by 3% that made the hiked price to be Rs.79.21/litre.
  • The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has performed a study which revealed that the noise pollution levels in Hyderabad have exceeded the standard permissible levels.
  • The United Kingdom has opened its consulate in Hyderabad, making it easier for city residents to get UK visa. It is the third one in Hyderabad after Iran and US consulate offices.
  • GHMC has started issuing ID cards for disabled people in the city, under its Vikasam scheme. The eligible persons can apply online through GHMC website, and the ID cards will be issued after a maximum of 7 days of uploading the application.
  • Hyderabad is the first city in India, which has been chosen by Google for its pilot project – “business photos”, which is as a part of Google Places. With this new facility, any business in Hyderabad that has been registered with Google Places can showcase its interiors, premises in a 360 degree picture views to the users. Currently, Google has offered this facility for 30 cities in US, UK, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.
  • Hospitals across the city stated the number of visitors for oral, gastro-intestinal, cervical cancer had increased. Among the daily visitors to hospitals to treat cancer, about 30% belong to the age group 18-39 years, which is a greater proportion than in any other city in India. Among the cancer affected, men are mostly affected by oral and stomach cancer while women by breast cancer.

Real Estate:

  • With GHMC planning to revise the property tax rates for fiscal year 2012-13, the officials have started a residential survey on May 1st for the next two months. The survey, mainly intended to identify the under assessed and unassessed properties, will make use of Google maps and census information.
  • The state government has issued orders allowing municipalities and municipal corporations present across the state to revise or hike the property taxes for every 5 years by themselves depending on the conditions of the local market. This move is as per the recommendations of the 13th Financial Commission.
  • A G.O. Ms. No. 205 has been issued by the state government after making necessary changes to the Andhra Pradesh Fire Prevention and Safety Measures for High -Rise Hospital Building Rules-2011. As per this G.O., the high-rise hospital buildings should either pay 25% of the total cost for setting up a fire station within a specified distance from the hospital or should contribute 25% of the cost for improving modernizing and strengthening the fire station, if it is already present in the jurisdiction. Another G.O. Ms. No 2 has also been modified by removing the clause that makes it mandatory for high-rise hospital buildings to have ramps.

Sports:

  • City-based badminton player, Jwala Gutta, has been qualified for two events in 2012 London Olympics – mixed doubles and women’s doubles. She is the first Indian badminton player to make it in to two events in Olympics.

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